Project aims to link local growers to school cafeterias

Project aims to link local growers to school cafeterias

Expect to see more fresh produce and locally grown food in Klamath County School District cafeterias.

The school district, in partnership with Oregon State University-Klamath Basin Research & Extension Service, has been awarded a competitive $96,538 USDA implementation grant for its Farm-to-School program. The goal of the two-year project is to strengthen the supply chain with area farmers and producers so more students can experience locally grown foods in their school cafeterias.

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The dirt on soil

The dirt on soil

About 60 FFA students from four high schools – Henley, Lost River, Bonanza, and Prospect – gathered Wednesday (Sept. 25) on fallowed alfalfa fields at Mockridge Farms near Bonanza to compete in the annual Bonanza FFA Soils Invitational, a practice contest held a week before the Southern Oregon District Soils Evaluation CDE scheduled for Oct. 2 in Lakeview.

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Klamath County unites to celebrate at the fair

Klamath County unites to celebrate at the fair

Day number two of the Klamath County Fair has come and gone with a tremendous turnout, exciting experiences, and fantastic family fun. Families and individuals alike cruised through the fairgrounds soaking up the joy and adventure the fair has to offer.

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Midland headlines the Klamath County Fair as 4-H & FFA begin showing animals

Midland headlines the Klamath County Fair as 4-H & FFA begin showing animals

The first day of the Klamath County Fair did not disappoint. The entertainment was strong, food was excellent, vendors were friendly and outgoing. But most importantly, 4-H and FFA Members began showing their animals - poultry, dairy, meat & pygmy goats, sheep, dairy cattle, and beef.

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Alternative Stock Show Classic seeks participants for Aug. 2 show at KC Fair

Alternative Stock Show Classic seeks participants for Aug. 2 show at KC Fair

There is a “One of a kind” livestock show happening next week. While the week will be busy with fair and many local kids participating in showing their 4-H & FFA projects, the focus of the  Alternative Stock Show Classic (ASSOC) will be on a  different type of “showman.”

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Oregon House approves $1.43M for FFA

Oregon House approves $1.43M for FFA

Salem, Ore. – The House of Representatives today passed an appropriations bill that will provide $1.43 million for the Oregon Future Farmers of America. Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) is the chief sponsor of HB 2444 that funds FFA activities throughout the year.

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Farming at School

Farming at School

Students at Lost River Junior-Senior High School know where their food comes from: They eat beef from their own steers, eggs from their chickens and tomatoes from their greenhouse.

In October, school cooks started using beef from two of four steers Lost River FFA students purchased and raised in hamburgers, tacos, spaghetti sauce and other meals. They’ve been cooking with eggs from the school’s 70 chickens since last year, and in late spring use tomatoes and other produce grown by students.

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All About the Dirt

All About the Dirt

Bonanza, Henley, Lost River compete in Southern Oregon District Soils Evaluation contest

A couple of years ago, the softball field at Bonanza Junior-Senior High School had issues with standing water because the field wasn’t draining well.

So Morgan Pitcock and her fellow Bonanza FFA classmates determined why. The soil was clay and therefore held too much water. Last winter, they added sand to the soil and put in a drainage system. It solved the problem.

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Day 2 of the Klamath County Fair, All About 'Grit' [VIDEO]

Day 2 of the Klamath County Fair, All About 'Grit' [VIDEO]

The second day of the 2018 Klamath County Fair is all bout the animals. 4H and FFA Students work hard all year just for this day. They purchase the livestock, raise it, feed it, train it, groom it, all for the animal to be its best on show day. 

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Day 1 of the 2018 Klamath County Fair [Photo Story]

Day 1 of the 2018 Klamath County Fair [Photo Story]

After a long smoke filled day, the first day of the Klamath County Fair is in the books. The day featured an up and coming country superstar, wild cats, a hairless guinea pig (check our Instagram for that one), a golf cart driving puppet, the tin man, hogs and so much more. 

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4-H Lamb Available From OIT Student

4-H Lamb Available From OIT Student

Klamath Falls, Ore - Grace Maxfield just finished her senior year in 4-H raising a pair of animals. Unfortunately, Maxfield found it frustrating as she could not participate in the annual Rotary Junior Livestock Auction. Both her pig and lamb did not make weight. Since fair, Maxfield has been feeding out her lamb and it now weighs in at 135 lbs. Making it ready for sale.

Maxfield is a 7-year veteran of 4-H. Starting when she was 11-years old because she wanted to be a large animal veterinarian when she grew up.  Part of the Crystal Springs Community 4-H club, Maxfield has worked hard to raise animals, and help others.

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Pair of Bonanza Students Seeking Buyers for Underweight Hogs

Pair of Bonanza Students Seeking Buyers for Underweight Hogs

UPDATE: 6:04 PM- The 255 lb hog has been sold thank you KFN and FFA supporter Dr. Mindy Brown of Shasta Family Dental.

Klamath Falls, Ore. - A pair of Bonanza High School FFA students raised hogs for the 2017 Klamath County Fair. Unfortunately at the time of fair, the animals were underweight and did not qualify for auction. Now a few weeks later the animals are ready for buyers.

Lupe a senior at Bonanza High School plans to go to college and study criminal justice and has been in the FFA program since 8th grade.

Maurico has lived in Bonanza his entire life and has always worked around animals. In 6th grade he took up raising sheep for the Fair. This year he raised a hog with his sister.

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Looking Back at the TBV Fair [Photography]

The 2017 Tulelake Butte Valley Fair has come and gone with great success. Members of the local 4-H and FFA programs shown their animals, some winning prestigious awards. All gaining valuable experience they will cherish throughout their lives.

Here is a look back at the activities and sights of the fair.